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Michael Jacobson helps clients solve complex cross-border problems. He assists clients with high-stakes matters involving treaty-based claims, trade disputes under U.S. law, and trade and investment policy solutions under the rules and protections of U.S. administrative bodies, U.S. courts, free trade agreements (FTAs), bilateral investment treaties (BITs), and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Michael has experience litigating before international tribunals, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the U.S. Court of International Trade, and the WTO. Michael also provides advice in the areas of trade remedies, economic sanctions, export controls, customs, and CFIUS. Michael advises companies across diverse economic sectors, including e-commerce, energy, automotive, financial services, medical devices, building materials, industrial products, steel, aluminum, telecommunications, mining, and agriculture.
Michael is an adjunct faculty member at the American University Washington College of Law, where he teaches a course on current issues in international trade and investment law and policy.
While in law school, Michael was a legal intern at the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Office of Services and Investment, where he assisted USTR in developing positions for major trade and investment agreements. Michael served as president of the Harvard Law School moot court board. Michael founded, captained, and coached Harvard Law School's ELSA WTO moot court team, winning best oralist at the North America and Final International Rounds. He was also a member of Harvard Law School's Willem C. Vis international commercial arbitration moot court team, winning awards for oral argument and brief writing.
Prior to law school, Michael was a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he supported the U.S. Department of Commerce in administering a major federal grants program.
Secured a negative injury finding and full dismissal in investigations before the ITC on behalf of major U.S. agricultural interests in urea ammonium nitrate solutions from Russia and Trinidad.
Secured a negative injury finding and full dismissal in investigations before the ITC on behalf of a U.S. purchaser of glass containers from China.
Represented Canadian solar manufacturers and their affiliated U.S. manufacturers in a Section 201 safeguard investigation, mid-term review, and extension proceeding before the ITC and court appeals.
Won a complete victory before the second-ever USMCA dispute settlement panel, which was ultimately resolved with a successful negotiated solution to remove tariffs on solar panels from Canada.
Secured a negotiated solution to resolve ICSID arbitration claims related to the electricity sector in a Caribbean country.
Represented several multinational companies bringing claims against Latin American countries in ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitrations including in the energy and technology sectors.
Defended the Government of Panama in multiple ICSID arbitrations including in the mining and financial services sectors.
Advising numerous clients regarding trade and tariff policy include tariffs brought under Section 232 and Section 301 and related tariff exclusions.
Secured a negative injury finding and full dismissal before the ITC on behalf of a U.S. purchaser and a foreign producer of silicon metal from Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Norway.
Secured a negative injury finding and full dismissal in investigations before the ITC on behalf of a foreign producer of automotive tapered roller bearings from Korea.
Advised clients on Free Trade Agreement negotiations, including the NAFTA renegotiation (resulting in the USMCA), the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
Secured CFIUS clearance within 30-day review period for consortium of Hong Kong, Chinese, and Singaporean investors in the technology sector.
Aided in advising Canadian interests to favorable trade settlement that removes barriers to Canadian exports and paves the way for solar growth in the U.S.
- J.D., Harvard Law School, 2013
- B.A., Georgetown University, magna cum laude, Honors in Economics, 2009
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of International Trade